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PHA CEO recognised at this year’s Australian Biosecurity Awards

Australian biosecurity awards

The strength and innovation of Australia’s biosecurity system was on full display at the 2021 Australian Biosecurity Awards.

Plant Health Australia’s (PHA) CEO, Sarah Corcoran was presented the Dr Kim Ritman Award for Science and Innovation. Now in its second year, the award honours the contributions of the late Dr Kim Ritman, by recognising outstanding ambassadors for science and innovation.

Sarah’s outstanding contributions to biosecurity throughout her career including the delivery of many significant eradication programs for agricultural and environmental pests, and oversight of investment in infrastructure and biosecurity research has enabled her to implement consistent approach to biosecurity nationally.

“Thank you to Jenny Logan for your nomination and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for awarding me this honour.

Plant health is of global importance and a field of great complexity that requires lateral thinking and collaboration. To be recognised in the league of great scientists is very humbling” Sarah said.

Individuals, groups and organisations recognised at this year’s Australian Biosecurity Awards have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to strengthening Australia’s biosecurity system with several other winners from the plant biosecurity sector.

Pohlman’s Nursery of Queensland took home the Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia.

“It is always an honour to present the Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year award alongside Animal Health Australia, and we are pleased to see a large-scale plant producer that is so passionate about biosecurity and who have shared the benefit of improved production with their industry.”

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the annual awards recognise those making vital contributions to protecting our enviable biosecurity status.

“The Australian Biosecurity Awards shine a light on our biosecurity champions to recognise those working tirelessly to maintain and improve Australia’s biosecurity,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The risks to our plant, animal and human health, and financial losses in key agricultural industries, could be devastating if an exotic pest or disease like African swine fever, khapra beetle or brown marmorated stink bug were to establish here.

“As we reflect on these challenges and opportunities, it’s important to recognise the crucial efforts of our biosecurity champions.”

The more information and a full list of winners visit the Australian Biosecurity Awards website.

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